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Why we still “Measure in Love”

The following is from the blog post I wrote on August 7, 2014 shortly after we wrapped up our first summer of children’s camps. As we gear up to start another full summer of ministry to our neighbors in just about two weeks, the thoughts written here still ring true! In fact, about the only…

True Wisdom & Sitting in the Dark in Public

Both actual and metaphorical light and darkness are prominent in the Bible. If you take 10 seconds, I would guess you can come up with just as many examples of where it appears in the Word. Yet in his infinite wisdom (and, I’m certain, sense of humor), God can use the same concept an infinite…

Imagine that…

A wise professor of mine once said that “if something can be imagined, it can become a reality.”   People once imagined going to the moon.   They don’t have to imagine any more, do they?  In fact, a short list of “imagining to reality” jumps off the pages of history: Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of a…

Reading Buddies Provide Encouragement, Enrichment & Poker chips??

One of the ways we support our school partners through the school year is by recruiting and training “Reading Buddies”, volunteers who work one on one with students once a week throughout the school year to encourage, support and reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. This year’s buddies wrapped up another successful year last week…

Growing Children & Leaders at Santa Cruz

Día del Niño or “Children’s Day” is celebrated at different times in April and in a variety of ways in the countries across Latin America. Traditions like this create a great opportunity for churches like Holy Cross/Santa Cruz to gather the families in our community and celebrate together.  A couple of weeks ago Pastor Juan,…

#FlooringIsBoring

Holy Cross has just begun a capital campaign we are calling “Sowing Faith, Harvesting Hope” to complete some much needed renovations and updates to the facility. While these improvements are desperately needed, the ultimate goal for the renovations is to help position Holy Cross to continue to serve our neighbors and community well into the…

A History of the Future

I am a student of history. I love it. It is, in a sense, therapy for me. I appreciate the power of the past enough that I even earned a graduate degree in it.  My reading list for 2016 leans heavily towards what once was.  I recall fondly one of my professors saying, “For every…

Tomatoes & Fruit Salad

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” I saw this quote the other day, and at first I laughed. Mostly at the sentiment and its truth, but also because the real answer is that tomatoes don’t go in *anything* (I’m really, really not a…

Easter people in a Good Friday world…

“Is today still Easter?” These same four words have been the first thing out of my 3 year old son’s mouth every morning since Sunday. It’s understandable. Family time and chocolate are the boy’s love languages and he got to enjoy plenty of both this past weekend in all our celebrating. Throw in the llama…

Living Water & Melty Pavement

A few years ago, I was on a mission trip near Chicago. In this particular ministry, we bike anywhere from 15-80 miles from church to church to perform a worship program for our host congregations. The idea is that you bike with one other person throughout the day and really get to know them and…